The Paloma is a tequila classic, straight from Mexico. The name “Paloma” is the Spanish word for “dove”, and it’s a favorite of many. Almost as popular as the classic lime Margarita, this refreshing and easy-to-make cocktail comprising tequila, lime juice, and grapefruit soda is a perfect cooler on those hot summer days.

It’s not very clear when and where exactly was the cocktail created, but somewhere around the 1950s in Mexico. Blanco tequila was the original choice, along with grapefruit soda. Fresca, Squirt, and Jarritos are some popular soda brands and are easy to find (any grapefruit soda would do). It’s common nowadays for bartenders to use fresh grapefruit juice and carbonated soda instead. That makes the drink a bit more fruity and still keeps the bubbly effect. Both ways make for an amazing summer cocktail, and you won’t go wrong either way.

No bar tools needed for this drink. You build it straight into a highball or a Collins’ glass filled with ice.

A popular thing to do is rim the glass with salt, but that step is optional, so I leave it to you.




  1. 2 Ounces (60 ml) of Blanco tequila. (such as Corralejo)
  2. ½ Ounce (15 ml) of fresh lime juice.
  3. Chilled grapefruit soda.
  4. Lime wheel and a slice of grapefruit for garnish.
    Optional garnish – salt rim.



  1. Get a highball or a Collins glass. (a smaller glass is also good)
  2. Fill it with ice and add tequila and lime juice.
  3. Top up with grapefruit soda.
  4. Garnish with a lime wheel or a grapefruit slice.
  5. Enjoy.


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